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Suspect flees Crystal River traffic stop, injures deputies, motorist

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office have arrested a Crystal River man who is alleged to have fled a traffic stop and injured two deputies and a fellow motorist.

The CCSO said that at about  5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, 39-year-old John Travis Wilson of Crystal River was arrested after he is said to have fled from a traffic stop in the vicinity of the Sunoco gas station on the corner of State Road 44 and Crede Avenue in Crystal River.

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Inverness man faces 50 counts of possession of child porn

Joshua J. Faciane. (PHOTO: Citrus County Sheriff’s Office)

Following a cyber tip received on July 7  from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) arrested an Inverness man after discovering child pornography on his computer.

After an extensive investigation, deputies arrested Joshua J. Faciane, 40, who was subsequently charged with 50 counts of possession of child pornography.

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Deputies arrest son for death of his mother

Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputies on Monday arrested the son of apparent murder victim Denise Hallowell, 57, who was found dead on July 13.

Denise Hallowell’s son, Carlos Hallowell, 17, was allegedly sleeping in his room at the time of this horrific murder and said he was awakened by their dogs barking.

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Body of missing paddle boarder found

Joshua Hensley
Joshua Hensley (PHOTO: CCSO)

The body of paddle boarder, 43 year-old Joshua Hensley. was recovered by Marine Unit Deputies in the waters of Kings Bay in Crystal River.

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office will continue to investigate the incident, and in a statement, the CCSO said it will provide more information as it becomes available.

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Silver Alert turns to tragedy with discovery of body

Mary Gates. (PHOTO: Citrus County Sheriff’s Office on Sept. 7, 2019)

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday said that the search for Mary Gates. age 94, ended after her body was located off of a hiking trail in Inverness.

She was reported missing on Friday night and a Silver Alert was initiated.

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Prendergast’s vehicle strikes, kills pedestrian

Shortly after 9 p.m. on Wednesday,Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast was involved in a vehicle crash in Hernando County.

Sheriff Prendergast was traveling north on U.S. Highway 19 in his agency vehicle and was returning home from a board meeting with the Sheriff’s Ranches Enterprises, Inc.